On the road again

Wisconsin women's soccer head coach Paula Wilkins will keep a consistent blog throughout the  spring season to track the team's progress and other tidbits. Check back to UWBadgers.com for regular updates.

It's been awhile, and I know I have been slacking. I have been all over the country over the past two weeks, and I have not found time to catch up on my blog. First and foremost, I have to wish all the mothers out there a very happy and belated Mother's Day. Even though I was on the soccer field all day in Temecula, Calif., I found the time to call my mother and wish her a very happy Mother's Day. 

My mother has always been my biggest supporter, and I don't remember her ever missing a game when I was palying in high school and club soccer. Her and my father would leave at 3 a.m. in the morning to drive to Amherst, Mass., to watch me play in college, and sometimes drive home the same day (a total of 14 hours of driving). I have been blessed with great and supportive parents, and I know I would not be where I am today without their love, support, and sometimes honest evaluation of my playing and coaching!

For Mother's Day, I sent my mother cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes.  I stumbled upon this place in my recruiting travels, and it's one of the best cupcakes I have ever had in my life.  My mother particularly likes chocolate and coconut, so I hope it made her day to get that. To all the young players out there, I would suggest Georgetown Cupcakes, Garrett's Popcorn, or Edible Arrangements for gifts for parents when you are far away from home.

It has been a crazy travel time for me, and I have had the chance to see a lot of good soccer over the past two weeks. I just returned on Wednesday from the West Coast on a red eye, which I completely hate. If you can avoid red-eye flights do it at all costs. It took me a full day to recovery physically, but working with the local U11 girls club helped me to get back on track. The energy these little players brought to the field energized me, and they were even great when it was windy, rainy, and cold.  It helps me to remember how much I love soccer when I work with these players because they are truly out there because they love it. Plus, I miss working with my team since most of them are gone for the summer, so it is a great substitute until camps start for us.

I am off to Minneapolis this weekend to watch some State Cup games, and maybe I will get some time to discover the great city of Minneapolis. I have vowed to stay away from the Mall of America, but I might be drawn in by the prospect of shopping. This is my last weekend on the road until I have a free weekend next week. I am looking forward to my weekend off because I have been dying to get to the Farmer's Market on the square. Morel mushrooms are in season, and I am dying to have some.

Lastly, I have made up some ground with my running task this year. Only 610 miles to go. I have been able to knock off some good mileage, but I did take a few days off after my trip to Cali, but I promise I will be back on it this week.  My leg/ankle is doing ok, not getting better, but not getting worse. I have basically completed 200 miles, but with my busy summer schedule I don't know how much I will chip away at the mileage.  Mom, get to the gym to work off those cupcakes!
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